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Unformatted text preview: at the origin. m can take on any value from -l to l. For our purposes, it is only important that this quantum number tells us that for each value of n there may be up to one s-orbital, three p -orbitals, five d-orbitals, and so on. For example: The s orbital ( l = 0) has one orbital, since m can only equal 0. That orbital is spherically symmetrical about the nucleus. Figure %: s orbital The p orbital ( l = 1) has three orbitals, since m = -1, 0, and 1. These three orbitals lie along the x -, y-, and z-axes. Figure %: p orbitals The d orbital ( l = 2) has five orbitals, since m = -2, -1, 0, 1, and 2. It is far more difficult to describe the orientation of d orbitals, as you can see: Figure %: d orbitals...
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course CHEM ch 101 taught by Professor - during the Fall '10 term at Montgomery.
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